Vestas eclipsed 1,000 MW of sales to Australia in 2018, after closing December by signing an engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 180-MW Warradarge Wind Farm near the town of Eneabba, 280 km north of Perth in Western Australia.
It marks Vestas’ highest orders in one year since it installed the country’s first commercial wind farm 25 years ago.
Meanwhile, the Warradarge project expands Vestas’ footprint further in Western Australia, where it now possesses an installed capacity in the state of 561 MW.
Owing to its ideal location with an abundance of wind, the Warradarge Wind Farm is expected to be one of the best performing renewable energy projects in the country.
The wind farm will feature 51 V136-3.45 MW turbines with hub heights of 84 metres and a tip height of 152 metres, utilising some of the longest blades onshore at 66 metres in order to achieve peak results in the site’s specific wind conditions.
A 10-km transmission line will be constructed from the wind farm sub-station to the network connection point near Eneabba.
The project will generate enough power to meet the average annual electricity needs of 135,000 homes in Western Australia.
The EPC order was placed by Bright Energy Investments, a joint venture between Western Australian electricity generator and retailer Synergy, global infrastructure investment fund DIF and Australian industry superannuation fund Cbus.
The green light has been given to begin constructing the wind farm. The project is expected to come online in the third quarter of 2020.
The wind farm will significantly aid the state in meeting its 2020 large-scale renewable energy target obligations.
Upon completion, Vestas will begin a 30-year Active Output Management 5000 service agreement, designed to maximise energy production throughout the lifetime of the project.
Vestas has 97,000 MW of wind turbines in 79 countries, having installed more wind power than any other company.
It has manufacturing plants in Denmark, Germany, India, Italy, Romania, the UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Australia, China, and the US.